NEW YORK — Ronald DeFeo Jr., who was convicted of murdering six members of his family and was the inspiration behind the film “The Amityville Horror,” died on Friday, according to the state Department of Corrections.
DeFeo, 69, shocked the nation in 1974 when he went on a rampage and killed his father, mother, two brothers, and two sisters while they slept in their home in Amityville on the south shore of Long Island. He was convicted on six counts of second-degree murder.
The case made national headlines and was the basis behind a book and movie, “The Amityville Horror.”
He was serving a sentence of 25 years to life at the Sullivan Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in upstate New York.
DeFeo was pronounced dead at Albany Medical Center, according to the DOC. The medical examiner will determine his cause of death.